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"accepted theories can provide satisfactory results, and thus, experiments can be avoided "

"The type of behavior exhibited when an animal recognizes itself in a mirror comes within the domain of “theory of mind,” and thus is best studied as part of the field of animal cognition."

Both sentences contain two independent clauses. How come the first sentence contains a comma after "thus"?
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New post 29 Jul 2017, 05:29
jzqmah wrote:
"accepted theories can provide satisfactory results, and thus, experiments can be avoided "

"The type of behavior exhibited when an animal recognizes itself in a mirror comes within the domain of “theory of mind,” and thus is best studied as part of the field of animal cognition."

Both sentences contain two independent clauses. How come the first sentence contains a comma after "thus"?


"thus" is an adverb. In this case it means "accordingly, consequently". "thus" could come at the middle of the sentence to connect two independent clauses. Check any dictionary for more information.
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New post 29 Jul 2017, 10:40
jzqmah wrote:
"accepted theories can provide satisfactory results, and thus, experiments can be avoided "

"The type of behavior exhibited when an animal recognizes itself in a mirror comes within the domain of “theory of mind,” and thus is best studied as part of the field of animal cognition."

Both sentences contain two independent clauses. How come the first sentence contains a comma after "thus"?


In the case of the first sentence, the author is using a comma to indicate a natural pause. You could use a comma in a similarly stylistic fashion in the second sentence by changing the phrasing slightly, "...“theory of mind,” and thus, it is best studied as part of the field of animal cognition.

Personally, if I were editing a paper I would recommend not using a comma in the case of the first sentence. But that's just me.
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